Feeds

iPad pitches Apple onto world PC top table

Vendor Number Five

Business security measures using SSL

Fellow market watchers may not include the iPad in Apple's computer sales figures, but Canalys does, and it reckons doing so puts the Mac maker into world's top five.

Looking back at Q2, the three million or more tablets Apple shipped during the quarter amounted to six per cent of the portable computer segment, Canalys said.

According to Apple - which is, in any case, the source of analysts' numbers - it shipped a fraction under 3.5 million Macs in Q2. Add the iPad to that total and you get 6.7m computing devices.

That's enough to catapult the company past Toshiba, Asus and others in the world PC vendor league table, as maintained by market watcher Gartner. That puts Apple in fifth place with a market share of just over eight per cent.

Sure, it's still behind HP (17.4 per cent), Acer (13 per cent), Dell (12.4 per cent) and Lenovo (ten per cent), but it's within grasping distance of the tail-enders.

All the evidence suggests that iPads aren't simply being used as large iPod Touches, though that's clearly part of their appeal. Rather a lot of folk are using iPads for the same jobs they might have previously put netbooks too.

We'd argue analysts shouldn't ignore the iPad - as Gartner, for one, does - as a device that's somehow not a true computing device.

What do you think? ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Oi, Tim Cook. Apple Watch. I DARE you to tell me, IN PERSON, that it's secure
State attorney demands Apple CEO bows the knee to him
4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch
For decades Hollywood actually binned its 4K files. Doh!
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
DARPA-backed jetpack prototype built to make soldiers run faster
4 Minute Mile project hatched to speed up tired troops
Hey, Mac fanbois. HGST wants you drooling over its HUGE desktop RACK
What vast digital media repository could possibly need 64 TERABYTES?
Monitors monitor's monitoring finds touch screens have 0.4% market share
Not four. Point four. Count yer booty again, Microsoft
Apple's Watch is basically electric perfume
It isn't just me-too Apple that's lost its lustre: Gadget mania is over
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL
Discussing the vulnerabilities inherent in Wi-Fi networks, and how using TLS/SSL for your entire site will assure security.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.